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JCI Makeup Artistry: Meet The Directors

27
02.2019

With years of experience in the world of beauty and special effects makeup for film and television, John Casablancas Institute has a handful of talented makeup artistry instructors. We had the honor and privilege to interview these two beautiful ladies who are the Director’s of the JCI Makeup Artistry Program.

Marie Zampini 

Marie Zampini was born and raised in Richmond, B.C. and is a proud JCI graduate. With over three decades of experience under her belt as a professional makeup artist and hairdresser, Marie has worked on many memorable projects including working with advertising campaigns for Off The Wall Clothing, which involved years of commitment with this company, and with photographer David Fierro. Her work was seen on bus shelters throughout the city and in store windows.

In the film industry, Marie has worked on sets including The Chronicles of Riddick and the award-winning film, Island of Shadows. Her fashion and commercial portfolio boast well-known brands like Off The Wall Clothing, Canadian Airlines, Canada 3000, L.G., Hasbro and MTV.

She has worked for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and with living beauty legend, Laura Mercier – who is known as the go-to makeup artist for celebs like Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Lopez. One of her career highlights was meeting and working with Laura.

Marie is a dedicated instructor at JCI and also holds the titles of Director of Makeup and Director of Education.

“I absolutely love teaching! Seeing our students succeed in the industry and win awards is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.”
Tracy Lai

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and raised in East Vancouver, Tracy Lai has always had a creative soul, although never really thought there was much in the field of arts that suited her.

“Back in the day, Makeup Artistry was not a popular career choice.” 

One day, Tracy stumbled upon a JCI ad and decided that she wanted to create monsters for movies. She enrolled in the JCI Makeup Artistry program in 2003 and enjoyed the small class sizes, where she learned exceptional hands-on experience and gained more knowledge in the industry.

Tracy has worked on numerous films including Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Deadpool and many more. She has also collaborated with JCI graduate and influencer Samantha Ravndahl on a fun and creative video for Youtube. One of her prized moments throughout her career was receiving the 2014 Leo Award for Best Makeup in a Motion Picture.

She is still very active in the industry as she is typically working on side projects while teaching makeup at JCI and holding the title of Director of Special Effects Makeup. This upcoming month will be Tracy’s 14th year teaching!

We are always intrigued to hear about the next project that Tracy will be working on.


JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Flirty Frills for SS19

26
02.2019

Who else is tired of the cold air hitting you in the face while you’re trying to snuggle and hide inside your large winter coat on the way to work? Let’s face it, we’re all over this chilly season and we’ve had enough of the snow. Arizona and Vegas were even thinking, what the heck?

March is around the corner and that means it’s time for changes. We’re ready for spring cleaning and planning our new wardrobe. Although we may need to hold onto a few of our favorite winter jackets for the upcoming month, (yes, teddy bear coats are fine to keep)— we can slowly begin moving our chunky turtleneck sweaters to the side.

Spring and summer 2019 is all about frills! This feminine and playful trend are going to be seen in window displays and styled by popular bloggers for the warm seasons. When we think of frills, we think of summer and delicate pieces.

According to numerous fashion sources, dreamy pastel colors will come into play for ss19 and we are in love. Frill clothing pieces will be explored with ruffles and hints of florals will also be visible next season. This trend has been seen on the catwalk at shows including Coach.

Coach SS19 Show

From frill tops to bottoms, these pieces can be worn to brunch, summer parties, and even music festivals. Add on layers of necklaces or throw on a pair of summer wedges to complete your look. Dress up these looks with our favorite summer accessories including hair bows, big hats, pearl necklaces, and platform heels. Don’t forget your cat-eye sunglasses, and you’ll be spring/summer ready!


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Young Makeup Artists who are Slaying in the World of Beauty

18
02.2019

There’s no such thing as being too young to start chasing your dreams, especially if that dream is to become an influencer on social media. These days, anyone can become famous on Instagram, or any social media platform, by simply showcasing their lives for the world to see. Whether you’re an aspiring makeup guru or fashion blogger, now is the time to invest in yourself, especially when you have various tools right in front of you to help guide you.

The internet is a powerful source and many young kids are getting ahead of the game by using social media to promote themselves. These 10 to 15-year-old makeup artists are slaying in the world of beauty and not only are we impressed that they can contour better than us, but they’re growing their personal brands so quick and making noise on Instagram.

@MAKEUUPBYJACK

11-year-old UK makeup artist Jack is an ultimate star on Instagram and at such a young age he has over 457k followers. Now that is something to brag about. It wasn’t until influencer James Charles and other beauty gurus shared a makeup tutorial by Jack which went viral and increased his following rapidly. Overnight, a makeup star was born.

Jack receives over 20,000 likes on each picture he posts on Instagram and also has a Youtube channel with over 30k followers.

@MAKEUPSLAY.ZOE

With her account managed by her parents, 13-year-old Zoe Apple has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and over 64,000 followers on Youtube. She is, without a doubt, born to do this.

At such a young age, Zoe has already collaborated with tons of brands and has been invited to major beauty events hosted by YSL and the Patrick Starrr x MAC event.

@MAKEUPLIKESKY

11-year-old American beauty and skincare influencer Sky McDuck has over 167k followers on Instagram and 1.2k Youtube followers. In one of Sky’s videos, she discussed how she is a transgender and how she experiments with makeup as a transwoman. This video received thousands of views.

Almost all of Sky’s posts on her Instagram are beauty tutorials and skincare review videos. We are excited to see where this makeup industry is going to take this young woman.

@HARISSON.S_

10-year-old Harrison has over 555k followers on his Instagram page and has already collaborated with many brands including Maybelline, as well as other beauty influencers.

Not only is he an influencer at such a young age, but Harrison also sells his own merchandise across his social media. Harisson is an inspiration on Instagram, aspiring many others to follow their dreams.


JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Beauty Trends Seen On Instagram: January/February 2019

14
02.2019

With over 500 million active users on Instagram, we constantly come across a variety of popular beauty looks each month. The past two months have been filled with creativity and we’re listing the top trends we’ve seen on Instagram. Get inspired by these trends.

Pretty in Lime 

Leave it to the Kardashian/Jenner clan to start of the year with vibrant trends. Kendall Jenner posed on Instagram wearing lime eyeliner and soon later, many beauty Instagrammers jumped on the bandwagon.

Kendall isn’t the only one “really into green these days,” as she captioned under her Instagram photo. Many celebrities including Camilla Belle, Rita Ora, and Emma Stone are all embracing this trend.

Pearl Eyes

There’s something about pearls that add an elegant touch to every look. Which is why when we saw the hashtag #pearlmakeup trending on Instagram, we knew it would be something magical.

This makeup trend is anything but ordinary. We are in love with this beautifully detailed look created by many beauty Instagram bloggers. 18-year-old beauty queen Ellie Addis also created her version of pearl makeup which received over 65,000 likes from her 145k+ followers.

Plaid Lips

Yes, you read that right. Plaid lips are a creative design that gives an edgy look. This look may not be suitable for some people to go out and about wearing, but it definitely was a popular trend on Instagram the past month.

Mermaid Inspired Makeup

Although mermaid makeup was popular for Halloween, it seems that makeup artists can’t get enough of this youthful look. Mermaid makeup consists of glitter and shimmery eyeshadows and bright liners. With over 171,000 posts under the hashtag #mermaidmakeup on Instagram, we are truly enjoying seeing this look being experimented with!

Beauty artist Leah Darcy poses on Instagram with her version of mermaid-inspired makeup.

The Outfit x Lips Trend

Now, this is a trend we absolutely love! We’ve seen celebrities matching their lips with the color of their outfits. We are totally all about this matching trend.


JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa / Fashion / Hair / Makeup

SS19 Beauty Trends from New York Fashion Week

12
02.2019

Fashion Week is by far the most exciting time of the year. From witnessing new emerging designers showcasing their collections, to seeing what our favorite style icons are wearing, the city is filled with bold trends and outfits waiting to be copied by the rest of the world.

We can’t deny that we’re scrolling through Instagram with our eyes glued to the screen just to see what popular bloggers and influencers are wearing this season. Seeing the different style trends is definitely a past-time hobby during fashion week, but this year, we’ve been amazed by the street beauty trends at NYFW, including hair, makeup and nail trends.

Pin It Back

Hairpins are the latest trending accessories this season and we are in love. This 90’s-inspired style has been seen all over Instagram, even JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate Emma Leger has also been spotted rocking her Dior and Chanel hairpins from Deluxe Chokers.

Classic bobby pins have also been spotted on the streets of New York giving a sophisticated look, but we are totally digging the statement pins with wording on them. This a trend that you’re going to want to get on.

Keep It Wavy

Wavy hair is a major key hair trend that we’re seeing bloggers rocking at New York. This youthful trend gives the perfect summery look during this winter season in the city. Mermaid waves are perfect to wear all year-around.

The Modern Ponytail

Ponytails are definitely not styled the way you remember them from your youth. Another hairstyle that’s trending at NYFW is the dazzling and detailed ponytail. What do you think of this trend? We are anticipating to try this during the warm season!

Bright and Fun Eyes

The brighter the eyeshadow, the brighter your future. We may have just made up that saying but let’s face it, it definitely could be true. Bright eyeshadow is super playful and fun to experiment with, and blogger + Instagram influencer Aimee Song has been rocking this look at fashion week.

Bright Manicures 

Nothing says fashion week like bright and bold manicures. These manicures allow fashion week and street style to remain youthful and vibrant.

Consider these bright colors for your next appointment at the JCI Body Spa!

Red Lips

The trending lip color seen on the streets of New York is red. The classic and bold red is a statement on its own and many women are seen wearing a bare face with minimal makeup and a touch of red to add a pop of color to their look.


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
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